An original Apple-1 ‘motherboard’ designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 is up for sale

An original Apple-1 ‘motherboard’ designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 complete with an original user’s manual has gone on sale for $450,000.

The fully working machine is one of the 200 ‘motherboards’ designed by the Apple founders in 1976, with only 70 still around today and fewer than 10 still working. 

This one was acquired by Wozniak’s friend, computer pioneer Roger Wagner, at the Vintage Computer Festival in California, US, in 2002. 

As well as the motherboard, it comes with an original Apple Cassette Interface, an original Apple-1 operation manual and a vintage Apple-1 power supply. 

An original Apple-1 'motherboard' designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and one of less than ten models still working has gone on sale for $450,000

An original Apple-1 'motherboard' designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and one of less than ten models still working has gone on sale for $450,000

An original Apple-1 ‘motherboard’ designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and one of less than ten models still working has gone on sale for $450,000

The Apple-1 computer was designed by Apple founders Steve Jobs (left, in 1977) and Steve Wozniak (right) and debuted at the first West Coast Computer Faire in California in April 1977

The Apple-1 computer was designed by Apple founders Steve Jobs (left, in 1977) and Steve Wozniak (right) and debuted at the first West Coast Computer Faire in California in April 1977

The Apple-1 computer was designed by Apple founders Steve Jobs (left, in 1977) and Steve Wozniak (right) and debuted at the first West Coast Computer Faire in California in April 1977

The collectable Apple-1 machine also comes complete with an original user's manual signed by Wozniak

The collectable Apple-1 machine also comes complete with an original user's manual signed by Wozniak

The collectable Apple-1 machine also comes complete with an original user’s manual signed by Wozniak

The Apple-1 was the first pre-assembled personal computer and transformed the course of history with the ‘motherboard’ at the centre.

All the major components ran through it, including the keyboard, memory storage and the microprocessor.

Unlike in modern computers, the circuit board was completely on show and sat between the monitor and the keyboard.

It came with a tiny 8K memory – around 600,000 times less than is standard with today’s Apple computers – and it would not even have had the capacity to store one song.  

An original Apple Cassette Interface

An original Apple Cassette Interface

Tapes for the original Apple Cassette Interface

Tapes for the original Apple Cassette Interface

As well as the motherboard, it comes with an original Apple Cassette Interface, an original Apple-1 operation manual and a vintage Apple-1 power supply

The fully working machine is one of the 200 'motherboards' designed by the Apple founders in 1976, with only 70 still around today and fewer than 10 still working

The fully working machine is one of the 200 'motherboards' designed by the Apple founders in 1976, with only 70 still around today and fewer than 10 still working

The fully working machine is one of the 200 ‘motherboards’ designed by the Apple founders in 1976, with only 70 still around today and fewer than 10 still working

The machinecame with a tiny 8K memory - around 600,000 times less than is standard with today's Apple computers - and it would not even have had the capacity to store one song

The machinecame with a tiny 8K memory - around 600,000 times less than is standard with today's Apple computers - and it would not even have had the capacity to store one song

The machinecame with a tiny 8K memory – around 600,000 times less than is standard with today’s Apple computers – and it would not even have had the capacity to store one song

All the major components ran through the motherboard, including the keyboard, memory storage and the microprocessor

All the major components ran through the motherboard, including the keyboard, memory storage and the microprocessor

All the major components ran through the motherboard, including the keyboard, memory storage and the microprocessor.

The Apple-1 model comes complete with a keyboard that attaches to the computer's motherboard

The Apple-1 model comes complete with a keyboard that attaches to the computer's motherboard

The Apple-1 model comes complete with a keyboard that attaches to the computer’s motherboard 

The Apple-1 was the first pre-assembled personal computer and transformed the course of history with the 'motherboard' at the centre

The Apple-1 was the first pre-assembled personal computer and transformed the course of history with the 'motherboard' at the centre

The Apple-1 was the first pre-assembled personal computer and transformed the course of history with the ‘motherboard’ at the centre

The Apple-1 computer

The Apple-1 computer

The latest Apple MacBook

The latest Apple MacBook

The Apple-1 (left) came with a tiny 8K memory – around 600,000 times less than is standard with today’s Apple computers, such as this 2020 MacBook pro (right)

The Apple-1 was discontinued in October 1977, with Jobs and Wozniak offering discounts and trade-ins for the more advanced Apple II.

Wozniak once said of Wagner: ‘He didn’t just read the first book on programming the Apple computer – he wrote it.’ 

Now, 44 years on, Apple is worth an estimated £1.5 trillion and the model is among the most collectable computers in the world.

Steve Jobs in 2008

Steve Jobs in 2008

Steve Wozniak in 2012

Steve Wozniak in 2012

The Apple-1 was discontinued in October 1977, with Jobs  (left, in 2008) and Wozniak (right, in 2012) offering discounts and trade-ins for the more advanced Apple II as the company started to expand into the global powerhouse it is today

An original Apple-1 'motherboard' belonging to computer pioneer Roger Wagner (picture) complete with an original user's manual has gone on sale for $450,000

An original Apple-1 'motherboard' belonging to computer pioneer Roger Wagner (picture) complete with an original user's manual has gone on sale for $450,000

An original Apple-1 ‘motherboard’ belonging to computer pioneer Roger Wagner (picture) complete with an original user’s manual has gone on sale for $450,000

This Apple-1 machine was acquired by Wozniak's friend, computer pioneer Roger Wagner (pictured, a image of the computer signed by Wozniak)

This Apple-1 machine was acquired by Wozniak's friend, computer pioneer Roger Wagner (pictured, a image of the computer signed by Wozniak)

This Apple-1 machine was acquired by Wozniak’s friend, computer pioneer Roger Wagner (pictured, a image of the computer signed by Wozniak)

The model is going under the hammer with RR Auction of Boston.

An RR Auction spokesperson said: ‘Between the significant provenance and the impressive array of accompanying hardware and ephemera, this is an outstanding example of the sought-after Apple-1 Computer.’

The world record for an Apple-1 computer is $905,000 for one sold at auction in New York in 2014.

The timed sale ends on August 19. 

THE TRILLION DOLLAR RISE OF APPLE

The company's journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left  

The company's journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left  

The company’s journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left  

1976: Founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne created the company on April 1 1976 as they set about selling computer kits to hobbyists, each of which was built by Wozniak.

The first product was the Apple I. 

1977: Apple released the Apple II in June, which was the first PC made for the mass market. 

1981: Jobs became chairman.  

1984: The Macintosh was introduced during an ad break for the Super Bowl and later officially unveiled during a launch event. It was discontinued a year later and Jobs left the firm.

1987: Apple released the Macintosh II, the first colour Mac.

1997: Apple announces it will acquire NeXT software in a $400 million deal that involves Jobs returning to Apple as interim CEO. He officially took the role in 2000.  

2001: Apple introduced iTunes, OS X and the first-generation iPod.

The first iPod MP3 music player was released on October 23, 2001, at an event in Cupertino and was able to hold up to 1,000 songs.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation's new Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation's new Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation’s new Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.

The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone

The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone

The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone

2007: Apple unveils the iPhone. 

2010: The first iPad was unveiled.

2011: Jobs resigned in 2011 due to illness, handing the CEO title to Tim Cook. Job died in October from pancreatic cancer.

2014: Apple unveiled the Apple Watch. It also unveiled its first larger iPhones – the 6 and 6 Plus. 

2015: After purchasing Beats from Dr Dre, Apple launched Apple Music to compete with Spotify and other music streaming services. 

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

2016: Apple returned to its roots and announced the 4-inch iPhone SE. Meanwhile, the firm is embroiled in a legal battle with the FBI, involving the agency demanding access to the locked phone used by Syed Farook, who died in a shootout after carrying out a deadly December attack in San Bernardino, California with his wife. The court order was dropped on March 28 after the FBI said a third party was able to unlock the device.  

2017: Apple introduces the iPhone X, which removes the home button to make way for a futuristic edge-to-edge screen design and a new FaceID system that uses advanced sensors and lasers to unlock phones with just the owner’s face.    

2018: In a first for the company, Apple introduces new features in its latest operating system, iOS 12, that encourage users to manage and spend less time on their devices. The move was spawned by a strongly worded letter from shareholders that urged the firm to address the growing problem of smartphone addiction among kids and teenagers. 

2019: In January, Apple reports its first decline in revenues and profits in a decade. CEO Tim Cook partly blamed steep declines in revenue from China.

2020: In March, Apple closes all its bricks and mortar retail stores outside of China in response to coronavirus. 

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